Results from tonight’s “Napkin of Death”, a dinner that AKOE has with bloggers from other websites when we all put our ten predictions on a napkin and 1 manat, the most accurate prediction wins.
Tonight we had ten people making predictions;
10 predictions (predicted by everyone);
Just a reminder that I will be tweeting and doing a rollong blog on the draw after tonight's show.
Getting out of the Press Centre to distribute some tickets and then getting back in was very awkward as they had no shuttle buses and the Press now has to walk a long distance from Flag Square, probably well over a mile in total, but at least I caught all the live show.
OK, I’d decided that I don’t want to over-expose myself to tonight’s show and I also want to do a city tour, so I am going to skip this afternoon’s rehearsal but if you want to catch all the Photos I took in the Arena last night, they are on our Photostream.
And the video of Jedward is here.I’ll be in the Press Centre before tonight’s show, and giving you the buzz around the Crystal Hall.
OK that was interesting. There’s no question that in the 20% full Arena, Russia won hands down, with Romania and Cyprus also doing well. I love the postcards, all of which show a different aspect or region of Azerbaijan. The presenters may be a little over-rehearsed and lacking in spontaneity. It was a faultless show technically. As for the reprise I think Romania, Denmark, Latvia and Belgium close their sections poorly.
They now make a big fuss about the 10th finalist and it goes into a “golden ticket” that gets brought on stage.
After this afternoon, I picked eight finalists; Iceland, Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Moldova and Ireland. I am sticking with these although I thought Greece and Moldova were stronger this afternoon. Then perm any two from Albania, Switzerland, Belgium, Israel, Hungary and Austria. I am now going to cut them.
Out go Hungary and Israel; as I think they are visually unexciting and do not engage a television audience properly. Shame, because I think both are great songs. I think that there has to be room for a second ballad so Belgium or Albania are in with a strong chance and I cannot decided which. Based on the audience reaction tonight, I am just about favouring Albania, but it’s “toss of a coin” stuff. Then Switzerland or Austria and again I cannot decide which. I suspect that this may come down to draw and for that reason I’m going for Austria.
Now I have a dilemma because I think a pop/pop rock song has to make it, so one of Hungary, Switzerland or Israel should make it, but I’m sticking to my guns so Iceland, Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Denmark, Russia, Moldova, Ireland, Albania and Austria. However Belgium is very likely to upset the apple cart.
OK having watched the first rehearsal, I have eight certain qualifier, six that are in contention, two that have a very slim chance and two that are out of the game.
Qualifiers (in performance order)
Then it’s likely to be any two from this six.
These two have a very slim chance
These two are gone already
I will get off the fence and call my ten qualifiers after I see the show in the Arena tonight.